Incidence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common nerve compression syndrome, affecting 3%- 6%* of the world’s population, but is more common in women. More than 50%* of affected people have symptoms in both hands.
Risk Factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
» Water retention
» Hand and wrist arthritis
» Wrist injury/fracture
» Repetitive wrist and hand use
» Forceful or repetitive gripping
» Prolonged pressure on the wrist or hand
» Prolonged wrist flexion or extension
» Cold temperatures
Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you think you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, please see your Doctor. Left untreated, the nerve damage can be irreversible. Your Primary Care Doctor may refer you to a Hand Surgeon.
To diagnose Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, your Doctor will:
» assess your risk factors
» discuss your symptoms
» review any treatments you may have tried
» perform a physical examination to detect nerve compression
» patients with unusual symptoms or physical examination findings may require additional tests, such as x-rays, ultrasound, MRI or electro-diagnostic studies.